Nov 30, 2012 5:30pm PST
, there are 12 named storms. this year, we had 19. among the monsters like isaac in the gulf and sandy in the east. tonight, abc's dan harris tells us what this means for the future. >> reporter: a surge of storms pummelling the american coastline. watch this year's busy hurricane season play out in just seven seconds. one storm, piling on after the other. leaving people whose lives were uprooted by sandy -- >> we are extremely, extremely frustrated. this is what you need to understand. >> reporter: -- coming to terms with the harsh new reality that may affect millions of americans who live near the water. >> it's not safe for us to live there. the next storm that hits, everybody is going to be vulnerable. >> reporter: for these people, meeting with government officials thursday night, today's hurricane season statistics are not just numbers. so, this year was bad and there's every reason to believe that next year, the year after and the year after that could be bad? >> i think it's pretty safe to expect continued years of busy hurricane seasons. >> reporter: so, what's going on here?
Dec 5, 2012 5:30pm PST
a storm like sandy. and we learned today that the white house is requesting $50 billion to cover the damage from that epic storm but the states involved, diane, say that just isn't going to be enough. >> these bulletins just keep coming. >> reporter: right. and they keep finding these reports and records. and they will. we started records in 1979 in sea ice melt. they will keep changing. and the man i talked to, he anticipates more. >> even more. okay, thank you so much, ginger. >>> now, we turn to the news tonight that a lot of ordinary americans have been put on notice, as we approach that fiscal cliff, just 27 days away. people who are already having trouble finding a job are receiving a letter of warning about something to happen to them if congress can't make a deal. and abc's jonathan karl has that. >> reporter: melinda vega has been put on notice. if congress and the president don't get their act together, her unemployment checks will stop immediately at the end of the year. >> we're dependent on that money to pay our bills. >> reporter: she's been without a job for a year
Nov 28, 2012 5:30pm PST
ship capsized off the coast of italy in january. here, new york city, the morning after hurricane sandy, commuters boarding a ferry. and what about those animal trainers who dressed up like panda bears to lovingly carry a giant panda toward freedom in the wilds of china? finally, president obama on the campaign trail, hoist into a real bear hug by a pizza shop owner in florida. >>> and, our video tonight has everybody wondering if they were dreaming. let's say you're looking out a window on staten island in new york and you see this. from out of nowhere, a runaway pony, trotting down the street, pursued by a zebra? a stunned store owner grabbed his smartphone so everybody would believe him. it turns out the unlikely pair escaped from a nearby petting zoo. they were caught and returned safely. rubbing their eyes today on staten island. if you see something tomorrow you'd like to show all of your friends, let us know. tweet me your ideas for the "instant index," @dianesawyer. >>> and, coming up, if you bought a lottery ticket with a friend or a co-worker, you have to stay tuned and see wh